Special Education

Earn your degree or certification in SPED

 

If you feel called to work in special education, John Brown University can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in the classroom and beyond. JBU offers several options in special education:

All Special Education programs are approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education K-12

The JBU M.Ed. Special Education K-12 is a master’s degree program designed for the post-baccalaureate candidate that will prepare students for an Arkansas Special Education K-12 endorsement. Individuals possessing a bachelor's degree and holding a current teaching license are eligible to make application to enter the program.

In addition to all coursework, students must pass the Praxis Test for Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications #5354 to be eligible for Special Education K-12 licensure through the Arkansas Department of Education.

M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 Degree Requirements:

ED 7033 - Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation
ED 7513 - Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use
ED 8133 - Building Learning Communities
ED 7523 - Parent and Community Relations
ED 7433 - School Law and Ethical Issues
ED 7643 - Foundations in Special Education
ED 7623 - Special Education Behavior Management/Assessment
ED 7633 - Special Education Instructional Strategies
ED 8323 - Teaching Literacy in the SPED Classroom
ED 8343 - Programing for Students with Exceptionalities
ED 8363 - Characteristics of Students with Exceptionalities
ED 8382 - Special Education Practicum K-12

    TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS = 35

Field experience will be an integral part of this program with students completing field experiences within both the K-6 and 7-12 settings. No less than 25% of the field experience hours will occur at each level. Field experience settings will also vary based on services including resource room, co-teaching and self-contained classroom settings.

 

Admissions requirements

To qualify for regular admission to the JBU Special Education K-12 M.Ed. program, students must:

  1. Meet the requirements for admission to the JBU Graduate School – minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7/4.0 and minimum GRE of 290 (145 or higher verbal score)
  2. Hold a valid Arkansas teaching license
  3. Obtain approval from the Program Director

Special Education K-12 Licensure-Only Program

Students who wish to obtain licensure in special education may complete the 23-hour licensure-only program.

In addition to all coursework, students must pass the Praxis Test for Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications #5354 to be eligible for Special Education K-12 licensure through the Arkansas Department of Education.

Special Education K-12 Licensure-Only Program Requirements:

ED 7433 - School Law and Ethical Issues
ED 7643 - Foundations in Special Education
ED 7623 - Special Education Behavior Management/Assessment
ED 7633 - Special Education Instructional Strategies
ED 8323 - Teaching Literacy in the SPED Classroom
ED 8343 - Programing for Students with Exceptionalities
ED 8363 - Characteristics of Students with Exceptionalities
ED 8382 - Special Education Practicum K-12

    TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS = 23

Field experience will be an integral part of this program with students completing field experiences within both the K-6 and 7-12 settings. No less than 25% of the field experience hours will occur at each level. Field experience settings will also vary based on services including resource room, co-teaching and self-contained classroom settings.

 

Admissions requirements

To qualify for regular admission to the JBU Special Education K-12 Licensure-Only Program, students must:

  1. Meet the requirements for admission to the JBU Graduate School – minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7/4.0 and minimum GRE of 290 (145 or higher verbal score)
  2. Hold a valid Arkansas teaching license
  3. Obtain approval from the Program Director

Special Education Resource K-6 or 7-12 Endorsement

This program of study prepares teachers to work with special education students in resource or co-taught classrooms.


Who is eligible for this licensure endorsement?

Teachers currently holding a standard Arkansas K-6 or 4-8 license, or a standard 7-12 license in a content area of English language arts, mathematics, or science, can add a Special Education Resource K-6 or 7-12 endorsement to their license through this program of study. Students currently pursuing initial teaching licensure through the undergraduate education or M.A.T. programs may also enroll in these courses.

The program consists of the following four courses:

ED 7613 - SpEd 101 Academy
ED 7623 - Special Education Behavior Management/Assessment
ED 7633 - Special Education Instructional Strategies
ED 7643 - Foundations of Special Education

Note: SpEd 101 Academy is a one week face-to-face course taught at the JBU Siloam Springs campus in July. Upon request, dorm room accommodations are available. ED 7623, ED 7633, and ED 7643 will be offered as eight-week blended online courses. Successful completion of an approved special education foundations course in an undergraduate program could substitute for ED 7643 for purposes of state endorsement.

Admissions process

To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Application for admission (select "I am going to be a Non-Degree Graduate Student")
  • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended
  • Copy of teaching license (unless you're a current undergraduate education or M.A.T. student)
  • 2 references
  • Short essay

**There is no GRE testing requirement for this program.

Course schedule

  • ED 7613 - SpEd 101 Academy (Summer)
  • ED 7623 - Special Education Behavior Management/Assessment (Fall)
  • ED 7633 Special Education Instructional Strategies (Fall)
  • ED 7643 Foundations of Special Education (Summer)

Learn more

To learn more, contact the Graduate Education representative, or call us at 800-528-4723.

 

Google™ Translate: